The Distance That Separates Us

The Distance That Separates Us


The Distance That Separates Us

Original title: La distancia que nos separa
Author: Renato Cisneros

A son searches for his father. An old, recurring topic that, generation after generation, can sometimes reach a powerful leve. This happens when the son is Renato Cisneros, a talented writer and a well-known journalist; and when the father is the ex Army General Luis Federico ‘El Gaucho’ Cisneros, one of the most important soldiers in the recent history of Peru.

Renato Cisneros digs into his own family story to understand and demystify the figure of ‘El Gaucho’: the controversial Secretary during the regime of Francisco Morales Bermúdez and, shortly after, the country’s Minister of War. In The Distance That Separates Us, the intimate perspective and the passage of time reveal the unknown truth about a man, a family and a whole country.

A brave novel, and an emotional and testimonial account, written by someone who finds in words a space of awareness and conciliation.

Original language

SPANISH | Planeta

Translation rights

DUTCH | De Geus
ENGLISH (World) | Charco Press
FRENCH | Bourgois Éditeur
GERMAN | Secession Verlag
ITALIAN | Bompiani
PORTUGUESE (Brazil) | Planeta Brazil
PORTUGUESE (Portugal) | Planeta Portugal

  • Longlisted to the Prix Médicis 2017
  • Winner of the Prix Transfuge du meilleur roman de Littérature Hispanophone
  • Finalist of the Vargas Llosa Biannual Award

«It’s an impressive book. In writing it the author demonstrates great talent, as well as great courage.» Mario Vargas Llosa

«An extraordinary family story … its narrative makes powerful emotions burst… Renato Cisneros delivers here the captivating narrative of a strange and disturbing filiation. A loving and lucid puzzle.» Le Monde

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